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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

Spike Lee makes his first appearance in this column with this look behind the scenes of Do The Right Thing. It’s about time really and I very much enjoy this shot, which seems fairly ordinary until you realize Danny Aiello and John Turturro are messing around behind a deadly serious looking Spike Lee.

I always know I picked a good image when the shot makes me want to rewatch the movie. I get that feeling from this one and I hope you do, too.

Enjoy and click to embiggen!



Tomorrow’s pic really likes Gene Kelly… and plants!

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  • It bares little resemblance to the one in this movie.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 5:12 p.m. CST

    Lee's got the arms of a girl

    by Vim Fuego

    Good movie though. Not the sort to watch on a Sunday afternoon with your parents though. Oops.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 5:16 p.m. CST

    Damn! Wasn't a shot of Rosie Perez'

    by openthepodbaydoorshal


  • Jan. 12, 2011, 5:17 p.m. CST

    Post 13

    by Yaroh_Meringue

    It's a photo from "Do the Right Thing" (1989, Spike Lee). Amazing! What do you think, guys?

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 5:21 p.m. CST

    Post .0

    by HansBubi

    Spike Lee looks serious in this behind the scenes photo for Do the Right Thing. Love this movie! What do you guys think?

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 5:28 p.m. CST

    The most overrated movie EVER.

    by Fah-Cue

    Spike Lee has been proven to be as bad as M. Night. "Do The Right Thing" was a horrible film.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 5:29 p.m. CST


    by Grace_Panda

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 5:33 p.m. CST

    Fo shizzle...

    by fettitular

    My nizzle.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 5:34 p.m. CST

    More Scorcese BtSPotD's!

    by Ronald Raygun

    I wanna see hijinx on the set of Last Temptation of Christ. How about five bucks if you can cough up a picture of Robert De Niro not looking deadly serious.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 5:37 p.m. CST

    What's Urkel doing in a Spike Lee movie?

    by Snookeroo

    Just sayin'.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 5:37 p.m. CST

    What's funny is just by coincidence...

    by ufoclub1977

    I was about to put the "Fear of a Black Planet" cd in my car to put into rotation. It's the sonic equivalent of scifi fantasy to me (just the sound). So creative. So futuristic.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 5:37 p.m. CST

    Spike aint no M.Knight

    by magnetoelectric

    Do the Right Thing , Malcolm X , Summer of Sam ,25th Hour , Inside Man... Lets get real here.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 5:39 p.m. CST

    Spike Lee is fuckin OVERRATED

    by fettitular

    His best film, easily, is 25th Hour... And Inside man was "a'ight".

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 5:41 p.m. CST

    Urkel, eh?

    by fettitular

    He actually really closely resembles M. Night Shayamalan. It's those "tilted" eyes. Eerie...

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 5:46 p.m. CST


    by fettitular

    Sixth Sense... Unbreakable... 50% of Signs... C'mon, man. Let's get real here.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 5:53 p.m. CST

    lmao at 50% of Signs

    by magnetoelectric

    Even I have to admit, I did enjoy 50% of Signs. But even that is still only 2 and a half movies... And dont give me Inside Man was 'ai'ight' You loved Inside Man. Inside Man was awesome. I left Miracle @St Ana off the list because that movie sucked ass-balls

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 5:57 p.m. CST

    "Do the Right Thing was a horrible film" that does not computer

    by MRJONZ72

    And to add edryders statement..I loved all the ones he mention I also dug Clockers, 4 Little Girls, He Got Game and I have sum fondness for Crooklyn..Saying that Miracle at St. Annas, Bamboozled and Girl 6...ummm i dont think a whole lot of those movies esp the later two even tho I understood what he was trying to do but still.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 5:58 p.m. CST

    Shoot I meant to say Compute lol

    by MRJONZ72

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 6:12 p.m. CST

    Little did Turturro know...

    by irishraidersfan

    In the 21st century he could only get a job rimming Autobots in terrible movies. And I loved him in Quiz Show... Ah well... Polishing Optimus Prime's digital shaft obviously pays the rent!

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 6:28 p.m. CST


    by ufoclub1977

    is the shit! That movie's awesome.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 7:12 p.m. CST

    Can someone explain how Spike Lee is racist.

    by Nerd Rage

    Because he attacks white racism, that makes him racist?

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 7:22 p.m. CST

    I guess film geeks like their black filmmakers...

    by Nerd Rage

    to be politically toothless and complacent like a good negro.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 7:27 p.m. CST

    Nerd Rag: No,

    by magnetoelectric

    Nobody likes Tyler Perry :p

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 7:53 p.m. CST

    I'm sorry guys...

    by SebastianHaff

    But my all time favorite Spike Lee joint is and always will be Summer of Sam. That movie blew my mind when I saw it in the theater the summer before eighth grade. It also sparked my life-long obsession with 70's era NYC, which explains a huge chunk of my love for 70's/80's Italian splatter flicks, which always shot exteriors in grungy ass Manhattan before Giuliani turned it into NY Disney. My affinity for New York punk and the CBGB crowd starts here with Brody's band. Plus, I was already obsessed with serial killers, so the whole bit with Berkowitz (which is actually more of a subplot than the focus of the movie) was just icing on the cake. <br><p> Also, it was the first time I ever saw an orgy, and that meant a lot to me when I was 12. <br><p> That said, Do the Right Thing is definitely my number two Spike movie. Would be number 1 if not for my nostalgia for SOS.

  • I find a lot of people call it a racist film from time to time..but he got on blacks and the actions of the the black characters majorly in this film. They definetly did not walk away unscatched!

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 8:12 p.m. CST

    So tomorrow's pic is Christopher Walken?

    by Lao_Che_Air_Freight

    ..just a guess...

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 8:13 p.m. CST

    I dont suffer from "White guilt" so...

    by Sean Finnesey

    I can live out the rest of my life happily without ever watching this boring as fuck student film ever again.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 8:35 p.m. CST

    I met Spike Lee once

    by KnightShift

    Was in college at the time. Lee came for a day to shoot some scenes for HE GOT GAME (I didn't know until a few years ago that I can be seen walking around in the background, LOL). I didn't even know who he was: yeah I'd heard of his name but didn't know what he looked like until a friend said "Dude that's Spike Lee." Anyhoo, his presence on campus was a DISASTER. All kinds of fringe kooks came to exploit his being there. It was so bad that my school instituted a policy to never again allow anything but students to shoot a film on campus (something I learned a few years later when I tried to use the library to film a scene. Not even alums allowed, no thanks to Spike Lee...)

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 9:43 p.m. CST

    Those weren't Rosie's nips in Do The Right Thing

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    They were a body double's nips. And tomorrow's pic is The Professional.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 10:11 p.m. CST


    by fettitular

    Ok, you got me ;-) Inside Man was better than "a'ight". It was pretty fuckin' great upon first viewing... but it doesn't quite hold up on further viewings unfortunately.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 10:12 p.m. CST

    lol @ "nasty in the pasty"

    by fettitular

    Fry is my hero.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 10:14 p.m. CST

    Black Activists have always been hated in America.

    by ganymede3010

    Despite the fact that America looks back at MLK through rose colored glasses, the fact of the matter is he was the Al Sharpton of his time. He was largely despised outside of the Black Community and one of the most hated men in America, as was Muhammad Ali. Even todays Black activists are revilled, being accused of being racists themselves just because they dare to speak up for the historically disadvantaged. I asked one of my friends who hates Spike Lee, and thinks he's a racist, to name me one racist thing he's done or said. And let me tell you, he was completely tongue tied. Spike Lee, isn't a racist, if he was, he wouldn't be able to cast the premiere white actors like Ed Norton, Clive Owen, Adrien Brody, Jodie Foster, etc.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 10:28 p.m. CST


    by dukeroberts

    I hate that movie.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 10:40 p.m. CST

    Everyone suffers from "racial guilt"

    by ganymede3010

    Example, whenever I turn on the news, and some mad man has committed a henious crime, I always say, I surely hope he isn't my race. That's because there's always going to be someone who'll take advatage of it and use it for political gain. It's fair to say that everyone has racial guilt, because everyones race/people/culture has committed crimes against hummanity. That's why Xeno-Morphs despise human beings..JK.. For real though, I beleive everyone gets my point.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 10:49 p.m. CST

    by frank cotton

    those who would force others to embrace their beliefs under the threat of violence are to be feared the most. for they secretly hate their beliefs, and the constraints those beliefs put them under, and they can not bear the thought of enduring it alone

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 10:55 p.m. CST

    yaroh_meringue and hansbubi...

    by phifty2 on. Whenever people imitate Harry's inane first posts I'll make sure you two get credit for starting it. Well done fellas. Let me try one. "X-Men: First Class. Looking good. Here's hoping for the best. Fingers crossed."

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 10:59 p.m. CST

    by thejewhunter

    by phifty2

    "The greatest living racist director of all time outside of Mel Gibson!" Take away the "greatest" and "Mel Gibson" and I agree. I just can't get mad at Riggs.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 11:05 p.m. CST

    Rosies nips

    by Phategod100

    one thing Spikes not racist, you guys are abhorantly ignorant, and I saw Rosie's nips in White men can't Jump.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 11:05 p.m. CST


    by phifty2

    "Spike felt that only a black man could do justice to the story of Cassius Clay He still feels that way." On Michael Mann directing Ali. There you go. Do you want more?

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 11:06 p.m. CST

    phifty2, thanks

    by HansBubi

    I believe I was the first talkbacker to comment in a talkback on Harry's first posts. I still can't get used to them, so I've decided we should at least have fun with them.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 11:09 p.m. CST


    by phifty2

    "Lee likens actor Samuel L. Jackson -- who plays a foulmouthed gangster in the film -- to a "house Negro defending massa."" This is real easy. Just google "Spike Lee -insert whatever" and you'll have your racist rant.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 11:11 p.m. CST


    by phifty2

    "I'm excited. hansubi seems to have found himself a meme. What do you think?" Love it bro. Keep it up.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 11:18 p.m. CST

    New Harry animation

    by Nasty In The Pasty


  • Jan. 12, 2011, 11:31 p.m. CST


    by Darth Thoth

    Is one of the great living directors working today. And history will remember him as such. It's a shame that the minute his name is mentioned on this site certain people feel the need to call him a racist and try and polarize everything. 1) Name a single racist movie he's ever made. 2) As was previously mentioned, if he's so racist then why has he worked with some of the best white talent out there over the years? 3) Why do I even dignify such foolish acusations with my post? Spike's work is important because race is so important in this country. And the only way we're ever going to move forward TOGETHER, is by wrestling with these issues through dialogue. As one who believes in the power of film, I for one appreciate Spike's attempts to push these conversations forward.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 11:48 p.m. CST

    Phifty2, by your definition, the entire AICN is racist.

    by ganymede3010

    How many times was rumored that Captain America was going to be played by Will Smith, and all of the Talkbackers came out of the wood-works saying "Only a White man should play Captain America". Or all of the dumb ass nerds complaining that Heimdall is being played by a Black man. So by your definition, 95% of AICN is flat out racist.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, midnight CST

    nasty in the pasty re: new Harry animation

    by KnightShift

    It's inspired by a scene from the 1927 classic METROPOLIS. Which I didn't see either until TCM ran the restored version about 2 months ago.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 12:08 a.m. CST

    Dont blame me, I'm Irish 200 years ago we were considered sub human.

    by Sean Finnesey

    When I turn on te news I dont worry what color the most recent asshole who raped a anally rape a daschund is because I'm not black. Lol Seriously though, that really happend on the army base 10 miles from my house just a couple months ago. Unfortunately that was not the last incident of some douche on that base fucking a toy breed dog. what color were those pickles? Who the fuck cares! I heard about the recent unpleasantness in Arizona, and didnt worry fo a second if the asshole shooter was white or not. It didnt fucking matter! Would it change how fucked up what they did was?

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 12:12 a.m. CST


    by Sean Finnesey

    My keyboard is fucking up.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 1 a.m. CST

    Jewhunter, thank you revealing your true colors.

    by ganymede3010

    "Captain America belongs to White people"? Oh really? I thought Captain America stood for "American Ideals" not the Caucasian race.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 1:02 a.m. CST

    Phifty2, so you're cool with Mel denigrating other races.

    by ganymede3010

    However, you draw the line when White people are being spoken bad about? You fucking racist cunt. Fuck off, seriously.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 1:06 a.m. CST

    Do The Right Thing is a brilliant film

    by SirBiatchReturns

    You really can't argue against this. It's in the canon. Some of you idiots know this, right? Of course, the same old symptom of name-calling someone racist when a Black person actually aims to address racial problems in America. He/she becomes the problem, lol. Ironic and sad at the same time. Just like some of the people in this talkback.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 2:04 a.m. CST

    Oh Ganymede...

    by fettitular

    Shut the fuck up already! I've had enough of your bitching. Yeah, we get it, you're a VICTIM... Now FUCK OFF. And to the point about cap america, you ignorant fool... He was PORTRAYED in the COMICS as a fucking CAUCASIAN. Hence, the desire to have him played by a CAUCASIAN in the film version... Get it? Same thing with Spawn. Since he was portrayed in the comics as a BLACK MAN... i would expect and desire him to be played by... guess what? A FUCKING BLACK GUY. It goes both ways son. So get the fuck off your soapbox already and SETTLE THE FUCK DOWN. Thank you.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 2:13 a.m. CST

    And the Award for biggest Douchebag goes to..

    by Stalkeye

    Jewhunter for being such a racist asshole and not to mention saying stupid shit like "Captain America belongs to White people". Congrats fucktard, you just pwned yourself.You're a real "credit" to the White Race.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 2:36 a.m. CST

    Fuckin' Ganymede's pissin' me off here folks...

    by fettitular

    I wonder how long it is until YOURSTEPDADDY chimes in on this issue... God help us. lol

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 6:32 a.m. CST

    Where has Danny Aiello gone?

    by Truxton Spangler

    It's like the dood disappeared.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 8:01 a.m. CST

    and to think driving miss daisy won best picture..

    by Six Demon Bag

    the year's best films, DO THE RIGHT THING and GLORY, weren't even nominated

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 8:02 a.m. CST

    i am ashamed that no one has mentioned the great HE GOT GAME or CLOCKERS

    by Six Demon Bag

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 8:14 a.m. CST

    sweet dick willy, the mayor, mother abigail...

    by Six Demon Bag

    such great characters!

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 8:20 a.m. CST

    Couldn't get into "25th Hour" at all, but man

    by Flip63Hole

    Spike's made quite a few great movies. Hope he gets back on that horse...

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 8:39 a.m. CST

    The Spike-M. Night comparison is absurd.

    by Mostholy

    Lee has made lots of great movies -- DO THE RIGHT THING, CLOCKERS, MALCOLM X, HE GOT GAME, SUMMER OF SAM, BAMBOOZLED, THE 25th HOUR, INSIDE MAN, WHEN THE LEVEES BROKE. And even his misfires -- MIRACLE AT ST. ANNA, SHE HATE ME, GIRL 6 -- are much, much, much better than atrocities like THE HAPPENING, LADY IN THE WATER, and SIGNS. That dog don't hunt.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 9:28 a.m. CST


    by phifty2

    Lee was commenting on the director of the film, not the actor. Big difference. If the director of Captain America was black no one would care. A black man directed The Fantastic Four and while that movie gets a lot of shit no one complained about the color of the director.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 9:33 a.m. CST


    by phifty2

    Now I'm a "racist cunt who should seriously fuck off?" Ahh the internet. The place where pussies can say the things to people they would never do in real life. Have another go at it. You'll feel better about yourself.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 10:48 a.m. CST

    Why can we have racist black film makers?

    by SmokingRobot

    But not racist white film makers? Not that I want them, but I'm just asking a fair question. Spike Lee would be right at home with Reverend Wright.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 11:58 a.m. CST

    A lot of misguided hate in this talkback

    by bigtime_charly

    America is a very weird place right now.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 1:02 p.m. CST


    by deelzbub

    I knew an old veteran who had fought in WWII and Korea, and he would tell us war stories, as old men will do. He said they had black soldiers in his regiment, and when they came under fire, all the black soldiers ran away. I have often questioned and tried to rectify this with Hollywood's depictions of blacks in Glory and the Tuskegee Airmen. Old time racists would paint all blacks with one brush as being sorry individuals, lazy, unsanitary, scared of cats and trees, prone to theft and violence against one another. Abraham Lincoln himself doubted whether the "Negro race" would ever contibute positively to society. Contrast this with today's realities, my doctor is black, my congressman is black, the mayor of the capital of my state is black, the President of my country is black. But Haiti, a black country run by black politicians, is and has been in disarray for how long? How about post-colonial African countries run by blacks? Not the best rack record. As a white man living in a black city, I am more than willing to give black folks a fair chance, but I often wonder what is truth.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 1:36 p.m. CST

    Danny Aiello was great in Dinner Rush

    by v3d

    A nice understated performance. If you haven't seen it look for it.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 2:08 p.m. CST

    How many racist assholes can we fit in one talkback?

    by Peter Franks

    Let us count the crackers. Crawl back under your rocks, you fucking bigots. This means you jewhunter, smokingrobot, fah-cue...

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 2:58 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    This movie exemplifies everything that's wrong about black psychology. You couldn't pay me enough to run a pizzeria in the ghetto. Two slices, motherfucker.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Count yourself among the ASSHOLES, bringingsexyback ...

    by Peter Franks

    Fucking racist piece of shit. What the fuck do you know about black psychology?

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 4:29 p.m. CST

    Oh, come on, Peter Franks...

    by eustisclay

    ... I mean really. I've been laughing my ass off. We have some truly brilliant writers on this site. I mean, the satire of the bigoted white man. There is no fuckin way you're gonna tell me that someone as totally ignorant and racist and just plain fucking stupid as "thejewhunter" really exists. To say that the movie "Friday" is better than anything Spike Lee has done? Actually I have to laugh because the thought that people like this actually exist scares me. Makes me fear the someone like Palin could actually get in the White House.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 4:35 p.m. CST

    Palin piled the dirt on her political career yesterday...

    by Peter Franks

    when she threw "Blood libel" out there like it was even remotely applicable. We all know that she's fucking ignorant, but could she not hire someone with a goddamn brain in their heads to write these speeches? Christ, we know she doesn't write the books or the Facebook postings so she at least has people on the payroll. Is not a single ONE of them Jewish, or hold a fucking degree? Good riddance to bad rubbish.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 4:50 p.m. CST

    Peter Franks...

    by eustisclay

    ... god, I hope you are right, but damn, the woman is like Jason. Everytime I think she's blown her credibility with her supporters, they ignore every bit of common sense and continue to blindly follow her.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 4:57 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    I'm not racist. I just don't buy the premise that terrorizing a man and destroying his business, livelihood and life's work is 'the right thing'. It seems to me that only a demented psyche cannot see that Sal and his sons were the ONLY good people in the entire movie and didn't deserve what they got. Sadly, they gave Spike's character a job despite his incessant laziness and hook-ups while making a pizza delivery, and in return the guy instigates the destruction of his business. Is that really the right thing? As for Radio Rahim ... he got what he deserved. You don't resist a police officer and not expect to get the horns. Society was better off without him, I think we can agree on that.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 5:24 p.m. CST

    "I'm not racist."

    by Peter Franks

    Sure, you're not. Tell us about how you have "black friends" too. You're not only a bigoted piece of filth, your analysis of film is sorely lacking in both logic and taste. Translation? Your opinions are meaningless and your karate is weak. Now get your cracker ass the fuck out of my dojo!

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 5:32 p.m. CST

    On Palin and her political future, eustisclay...

    by Peter Franks

    I actually say a little prayer each night just before I close my eyes that the ignorant masses of the far right are *just* stupid enough to nominate her for the ticket. And since the most virulent members of the Teabaggers have hijacked the Republican Party, and only the most conservative candidates get their support...I still tend to believe that if she does run, she'll get their hooded nod. A landslide of historic proportions awaits such a nomination. The woman won't get more than 35% of the popular vote in a general election. So it is with great enthusiasm that I proclaim... Run, Sarah, Run!

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 7 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    And you call ME racist? I haven't said anything that can be reasonably labeled racist, but you sho nuff did. And my analysis of Do The Right Thing is spot on. Unless you care to tell me how I'm wrong.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 8:35 p.m. CST

    BSB, you generalize the entire Black Race..

    by ganymede3010

    By implying - A fucking movie written and directed by one Black man represents the entire psychology of the Black race? You're one the smarter posters on this board. However that was by far the most ignorant and ass backwards shit I've ever seen you write. Serioulsy. Why do people like the judge Black people based on the worst examples or incidents they can find?

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 8:36 p.m. CST

    "Why do people like to Juddge"

    by ganymede3010

  • Jan. 14, 2011, 8:51 a.m. CST

    God I hate Spike Lee.

    by Snake Foreskin

    What a shitbag.

  • Jan. 14, 2011, 11:08 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    I mean no disrespect to you or Peter Franks and I try not to paint all blacks with the same brush, but you cannot deny that the prevailing behavior among blacks is abhorable, and it reflects on the rest of the black community at large. I'd like to judge black people by Barack Obama's example, but you have to admit, that's downright impossible. Look, I have to stand by what I said about DTRT. It's absolutely painful to watch this Italian family being harassed, cheated and then finally destroyed by the community they are trying to serve. Were there some blacks who were decent and good? Yes, I recall there was an old man who tried to talk sense to the mob but was practically trampled for it. I happen to think that DTRT is, regretfully, an honest and accurate portrayal of black life in America - still to this day. I am dumbfounded by how blacks continue to embrace ghetto culture rather than move away from it. It does the black community no good and it is a cancer afflicting our nation. My biggest problem with DTRT - and this is in line with why so many people view Spike as racist - is that the message of the movie, embodied in its title and climax, is that it's preferable to destroy the 'other' (meaning non-blacks) than to change yourself. It's why the mob didn't burn down the Korean deli only when the owner screamed "I black, you me, same!".